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Published May 12th 2021
This walk includes walking on four of the iconic bridges over the Brisbane River in Brisbane City. Brisbane City is very charming in the late afternoon and evening when all the lights start to be turned on, especially on the bridges.
Brisbane is a very attractive city in the evening. Photo by Author.
The walk is about 7 km long, allow two hours. The walk is very easy since it is mostly flat - you just need to have the level of fitness to walk for around 7 km. The walk starts at the Botanic Garden, Edward Street Entrance, at the end of Edward Street in the City.
For this walk, a map of Brisbane can be handy or download a good app on your smartphone that can help you to navigate in the City.
The beautiful flower of the Elephant Apple in the Brisbane City Botanic Gardens. Dillenia indica is commonly known as elephant apple, is a species of Dillenia native to China and tropical Asia. Photo by Author.
From the Edward Street entry of the City Botanic Garden, walk into the Botanic Garden on the footpath that runs along the Brisbane River, the Bunya Walk. Then cross the Goodwill Bridge (first bridge) to the Southside - here turn right and walk along the Brisbane River.
The Goodwill Bridge connects South Bank with the North Bank of the Brisbane River. Photo by Author.
The Epicurious Garden is run by volunteer which grow edible plants, including vegetable, herbs and fruits. In this way, the team of volunteers build an edible landscape in the heart of Southbank.
It is all about learning and taste, smell and feel fresh herbs and produce. Visitors are welcome to walk in the garden and observe what it has to offer.
Please consider produce can only be harvested by the team of volunteers and horticulturists. This is to make sure the garden remains in pristine condition and the plants stay beautiful for everyone to enjoy. The volunteers collect the plants and they have them in a cart - please collect samples from the harvest cart or ask the volunteers to pick some for you.
An aspect of the Epicurious Garden. Photo by Author.
The harvest cart is open from 7am-2pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. It free to collect from and it operates on a first-in, best-dressed basis, so it is better to get there early to have the opportunity to have this great experience. The volunteers are onsite in the garden from 7am-11.30am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The Epicurious Garden have a skilled and friendly team of volunteers maintaining the garden throughout the week. They are onsite from 7am-11.30am on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, so if you have any questions, please feel free to ask them.
While you are walking, if you like you can do a little detour in the short trail in the rainforest.
The trail in the little forest at Southbank. Photo by Author.
Cross the Go Between Bridge and reach the north bank and turn right on the Bicentennial Bikeway. There is room for pedestrians as well as for bicycles. Keep walking along the Brisbane River towards the Kurilpa Bridge (third bridge). Exit the Centenary Bikeway and go on the Kurilpa Bridge via Tank Street.
Once you have crossed the Kurilpa Bridge, you are again in South Bank. Here, turn left and keep walking on the pedestrian footpath towards the Victoria Bridge (fourth bridge).
You can now cross the Victoria Bridge into the City. After the walk, you can decide to have casual dining in the City.
Kingsfood Restaurant dishes are based on Taiwanese taste while taking different cuisines and specialties into consideration which contribute to the popularity to both the Australians and the Chinese community.
Kingsfood is in 266 George St Brisbane, QLD, Australia 4000
(07) 3108 4451
Jackpot dining is a unique Chinese restaurant in Brisbane providing high-quality gourmet Asian food at reasonable prices. Eat like you've hit the Jackpot.
Jackpot is in 55 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane City QLD 4000
(07) 3210 0308
What to bring: bring with you a light backpack, good walking shoes or hiking boots; light raincoat if necessary; water; first aid kit.
Directions: the best way to enter town is by train; Central Station is the most strategic stop, just walk SE down to the end of Edward Street towards the City Botanic Garden, where Edward Street meets Alice Street.
King George Square carpark at 87 Roma St, Brisbane City QLD 4000, AFTER 4:30pm charge the night rate. Monday to Thursday 4.30pm to midnight: $5
Brisbane City Council's underground King George Square Car Park is between Ann and Adelaide Streets, vehicle entry is via Roma or Adelaide Streets and exit is via Roma Street. Note the low clearance entry: 1.93m.
The Four Iconic Bridges in Brisbane City is one of the favourite walk in the Group Hiking South East Qld and More. The Group runs walks in Brisbane City every Monday late afternoons.
The Group Hiking South East Qld and More walking the Four Iconic Bridges Walk. Photo by Author.
The Goodwill Bridge was opened on 21 October 2001 and takes its name from the Goodwill Games, which were held in Brisbane that year. It is just under 500 metres long.
The Go Between Bridge is a four-lane bridge with dedicated pedestrian and cycle pathways. It is a three span, twin concrete box girder structure built using balanced cantilever construction. The main bridge span is 117 metres long. A pedestrian pathway is located on the eastern (city) side of the bridge and a cycleway on the western (Toowong) side.
The Kurilpa Bridge is considered an engineering marvel! The bridge is a multi-mast, cable-stay structure based on principles of tensegrity, a first in city bridge construction. Kurilpa Bridge is designed to represent the ships that once sailed into the Brisbane River in the city's infancy.
The Victoria Bridge is a vehicular and pedestrian bridge over the Brisbane River. The current bridge was opened in 1969. It is shared by vehicular traffic, pedestrians and cyclists.
Victoria Bridge connects South Brisbane near the South Bank Parklands and Queensland Cultural Centre to the Brisbane central business district (CBD) at North Quay.
Horse tram at the northern end of the first permanent Victoria Bridge, c. 1890. Photo fromhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Bridge,_Brisbane#/media/File:BrisbaneHorseTramVictoriaBridge1890.jpg
As the sky shifts to dusk, James Turrell's Night Life illuminates the Gallery of Modern Art from within. Through shifts in tempo, hue and intensity of colour, the artist invites us to consider how we are affected by light. A decade after the opening of GOMA, this dynamic work realises the architects' vision of animating the building's facade at night. (Source: www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/whats-on/exhibitions/turrell)